Tuesday Oct 8, 2019
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Contact:Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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Georgia O’Keeffe’s house at Abiquiú has been called her “best late work, in fact, her fullest statement about art and life.” O’Keeffe Museum Fellow Sarah Rovang argues that the Abiquiú house is not a work created solely by O’Keeffe but instead was a dynamic collaboration lasting several decades that included the artist, the people of Abiquiú, and a wide network of O’Keeffe’s friends, among them other talented designers and architects. Rovang will talk about how O’Keeffe made architectural decisions and the cultural meanings of those choices, including the dramatic addition of a large picture window in the Abiquiú sitting room, converting a mud plaster wall finish to cement stucco, and the construction of a fallout shelter. She will also explore her research into the relationship between O’Keeffe’s work and that of Frank Lloyd Wright. Rovang contends that not only did Wright have a demonstrable impact on the design of the Abiquiú house, but that O’Keeffe’s aesthetic in turn influenced Wright’s later work.
Sarah Rovang, an architectural historian and writer living in Santa Fe, earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, and has taught at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She recently returned to New Mexico, following a year of international travel as the 2017 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians, during which she explored industrialization, architecture, and modernity.
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